Thursday, December 24, 2020
The Single Malts of Scotland
The Single Malts of Scotland An Orkney Distillery 14 Year Old ....$129.99
NOSE: Blooming heather, saltwater taffy, and candied cherries combine for an aromatic experience. A dash of spice appears with ginger cake, followed by some very subtle, floral wisps of smoke.
PALATE: Rose macarons are layered with lemon peel and date syrup.
The smoke is almost fruity – like barbecued peaches and grilled sweet peppers.
FINISH: Wild parsley and wood chips merge into aniseed balls and a smattering of white pepper, all rounded off by ripe mission figs.
The Single Malts of Scotland Clynelish Distillery 10 Year Old....$109.99
NOSE: Pistachio nuts and crunchy peanut-butter-and-jam blondies are evident at first, leading onto an indulgent vanilla cupcake. Blooming marigolds and amber-like labdanum also appear.
PAL ATE: Cinnamon-and-licorice tea is accentuated by waxy Tilleul honey and sweet-chili potato chips. There is the piquant sensation of chorizo followed by a touch of juicy lime cordial.
FINISH: Intense Spanish cedar wood and freshly baked sourdough bread, spread with zesty marmalade. The lasting impression if that of a dry sparkling wine.
The Single Malts of Scotland Aird Mhor Distillery 10 Year Old....$89.99
NOSE: We are greeted with apple drop candy and an orchard wood bonfire, immediately followed by juicy pomegranate and homemade pistachio muffins. There is a floral note of gardenia mingling with the smoke of burning sage incense.
PALATE: Freshly-baked apple flapjacks and a showing of clove and allspice. An echo of smoke from the embers of burnt paper, leading on to butter shortbread and smoky roasted Indonesian coffee beans.
FINISH: More vegetal than initially on the palate – rocket sprinkled with smoked paprika. Ground almonds rest on, with a hint of honeysuckle.